CORDOVA, Tenn. — Former University of Central Arkansas basketball standout Jimmy McClain, who played alongside Scottie Pippen on some of the Bears’ best teams in 1986 and 1987, was found dead in his Cordova home Friday morning, the victim of an apparent homicide, according to police reports.
Shelby County Sheriff’s spokesman Chip Washington confirmed that investigators were working the death of McClain, 49, a homicide — the first of the year in unincorporated Shelby County. The neighborhood is near the Cordova Country Club, which has not yet been annexed by Memphis.
A 6-foot-4 guard from UCA, where he was a teammate of Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen, McClain’s 41-inch vertical jump gave him the nickname “Jimmy Jam.” It also was the foundation for his explosive scoring and unshakable confidence. McClain and Pippen formed a formidable backcourt for UCA.